When a nerve becomes compressed, or pinched, it can cause pain, numbness and tingling. A compressed nerve can sometimes be treated with steroid injections or physical therapy, but oftentimes a compressed nerve will have to be treated with nerve decompression surgery.
A compressed nerve, or a pinched nerve, is caused when there is pressure on a nerve. It is caused when the nerve is pressed between ligaments, tendons and/or bones.
“One of the more common nerve procedures we do as hand surgeons are nerve decompression surgeries,” says Michael D. Riggenbach, M.D.
A pinched nerve can be caused by injury, arthritis, stress from repetitive work, sports or obesity.
Symptoms of a compressed nerve include:
- Aching or burning pain
- Tingling sensation
- Muscle weakness
- Feeling as if the area has “fallen asleep”